Resident Life: Introduction
R4: Julia Edwards    |   R3:Rejoice Opara    |   R2: Joe Baldwin    |   R1:Stephanie Chang    |    Idaho Track: Nicole Fox
Resident Life
Julia Edwards
Fourth Year Resident
Seattle Track

Why UW Psychiatry?

"I was initially attracted to UW because of its location in beautiful Seattle and the large program size. When I visited, I loved the flexibility of the program and the huge variety of clinical opportunities.  The residents seemed happy and laidback but also  intelligent, thoughtful and well-trained.  

For me, UW has been the ideal combination of great training in a cooperative and flexible environment.  My attendings are universally kind and interested in teaching and I’ve been able to develop my own unique rotations to match my specific interests in collaborative care and global health."

Education

BA, Studio Art, Grinnell College
MD, MPH, University of Oklahoma School
of Community Medicine

Follow Me For A Week

Sunday
Morning:   Sleep in!
Afternoon:   Visit my local farmer's market.
Evening:   Cook a nice meal with my fresh produce and watch a movie at home.
     
Monday
Morning:   See therapy and med management patients in continuity clinic.
Afternoon:   Facilitate journal club with HMC inpatient residents.
Evening:   Girls night! Hang out with some of my colleagues.
     
Tuesday
Morning:   Chief time: create resident schedules, problem-solve new issues, prep for teaching.
Afternoon:   Attend DBT clinic and seminar.
Evening:   Go to the gym and dinner at home.
     
Wednesday
Morning:   Chief time then meet with psychotherapy supervisor.
Afternoon:   Chief meetings with faculty and other site chiefs.
Evening:   Get dinner out with my fiancée.
     
Thursday
Morning:   Attend didactics.
Afternoon:   Work at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance doing psychiatric consultations.
Evening:   Hit the gym then drinks out with friends.
     
Friday
Morning:   Work at Maternal Infant Care Clinic doing psychiatric consultations.
Afternoon: Chief time.
Afternoon:   Chief time.
Evening:   Go swimming at the lake and enjoy a relaxing evening at home.
     
Saturday
Morning:   Go for a hike in the Cascades.
Afternoon:   Read on my porch.
Evening:   Dinner out with friends.
     

Clinical Rotations

Continuity Clinic at Harborview
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Maternal Infant Care Clinic

Career Goals

“I’m interested in public health and increasing access to mental health services. I’ve become very interested in the collaborative care model, a model developed at UW that increases access to psychiatric services. I hope to be involved in collaborative care in some way in the future. In the near future, I want to stay in academic medicine and do a fellowship in psychosomatic medicine. In addition, I’d love to do some work in global mental health, perhaps working with a nonprofit that increases access to quality mental health services abroad."

Average Weekly Hours

45 hours

Night and Weekend Duty

One 12 hour weekend day or night shift a month

 

Resident Life
Rejoice Opara
Third Year Resident
Seattle Track

Why UW Psychiatry?

"I wanted to come to a place where residents were thriving, and with a residency program structure that supported residents’ personal wellness in addition to clinical education, and encouraging their career goals.  I also have a broad range of interests right now (including psychotherapy, global mental health, and child psych), and wanted to go somewhere where I could get well-rounded training, and explore these interests in-depth. ”

Education

Undergraduate: Harvard College
Medical School: Vanderbilt School of Medicine

Follow Me For A Week

Sunday
Morning:   Reading for personal growth!
Afternoon:   Zumba, and then chill time!
Evening:   Evening Church Service.
     
Monday
Morning:   Memory Brain Wellness Clinic
Afternoon:   Memory Brain Wellness Clinic
Evening:   Zumba, and remember to eat!
     
Tuesday
Morning:   VA Mental Health Clinic
Afternoon:   International Clinic
Evening:   Dinner, followed by reading.
     
Wednesday
Morning:   UW Long term Continuity Clinic
Afternoon:   UW Long term Continuity Clinic
Evening:   Dinner, Run around Greenlake (yay Couch to 5K!), Chill time!
     
Thursday
Morning:   Didactics followed by T-group and business meeting
Afternoon:   Supervision followed by free time – shopping, errands, whatever my heart desires!
Evening:   Dinner, followed by reading.
     
Friday
Morning:   VA Addictions Treatment Clinic
Afternoon:   VA Addictions Treatment Clinic
Evening:   Run around Greenlake and relax after a long week.
     
Saturday
Morning:   Sleep in then try out a new dance class.
Afternoon:   Catch up with friends and family near and far.
Evening:   Dinner out with friends!

Clinical Rotations

International Medicine Clinic
Memory and Brain Wellness Clinic
VA Addictions Treatment Center
VA Mental Health Clinic
Long Term Continuity Clinic

Career Goals

"Currently I’m interested in outpatient vs. emergency psychiatry.  I also have an interest in global mental health, and child psych but we’ll see how it all works out!"

Average Weekly Hours

45 hours

Night and Weekend Duty

Two 12-hour weekend day or night shift a month

Resident Life
Joe Baldwin
Second Year Resident
Seattle Track

Why UW Psychiatry?

"The University of Washington (UW) met all of the criteria I wanted most in a residency program. Entering residency, my interests were broad so I wanted to have exposure to a wide-range of subspecialties in a variety of clinical settings. UW met this requirement; it is a big academic program serving a diverse patient population through varied clinical sites, including an urban county hospital, a VA, an academic hospital, a children’s hospital and many rural hospitals. Despite its large size, the residency has a small program vibe with friendly residents, flexibility in structure and a supportive and accessible faculty. This has been helpful in allowing me to explore my growing list of interests! Coming from Ann Arbor, I also really wanted to experience living in a city. My transition to Seattle has been smooth given its manageable size and neighborhood feel. Seattle offers the perfect balance between urban living and access to nature through nearby weekend adventures in the surrounding mountains and islands!”

Education

BS, Cell and Molecular Biology, University of Michigan
MD, University of Michigan

Career Goals

"When I started residency I was focused on pursuing a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry, but I have really enjoyed learning more about addictions and psychosomatics through my rotations. I plan to further explore these fields through conferences and electives in the upcoming year. I would ultimately like to stay in academic medicine, as I love the collegial environment and multidisciplinary care of a teaching hospital."

Follow Me For A Week

Sunday
Morning:   Arrive at the VA at 7:30 for my day call shift. Get sign-out from the VA night resident, meet with inpatient psychiatry nursing staff and attending, tend to active issues on the unit, and see one consult.
Afternoon:   Easy call day! Out by 1pm, go home and work out, answer a few nursing pages, and catch the end of the world cup game!
Evening:   Sign-out call duty to the night resident at 5:30, relax for the rest of the evening at home on my rooftop with friends.
     
Monday
Morning:   Arrive at UW at 8am. A lot of new patients on the list to see!
Afternoon:   Finish seeing patients and attending teaches a brief didactic session on diagnoses encountered throughout the day.
Evening:   Leave work at 5 pm, meet up with a friend and have dinner and drinks on Capitol Hill.
     
Tuesday
Morning:   Lighter schedule today with an interesting consult on drug induced Parkinsonism.
Afternoon:   Attend to patient care and read journals at work. Head home at 4 pm.
Evening:   Go for a run outside and do some shopping downtown for my upcoming trip.
     
Wednesday
Morning:   I get to do a fair amount of bedside psychotherapy today on follow up consults.
Afternoon:   Round on follow up consults and leave work by 5 pm.
Evening:   Relax at home.
     
Thursday
Morning:   R2 didactics on Motivational Interviewing followed by T-group.
Afternoon:   Supervision then return to the consult service to see patients. Out of work by 5pm.
Evening:   Go for a run outside, see “Inside Out” with a friend and pack for my trip to Vancouver on Friday!
     
Friday
Morning:   Arrive at UW consult room at 8am to chart round on patients, meet with attending/fellow and see patients.
Afternoon:   Finish seeing patients and leave work at 5pm.
Evening:   Head to Vancouver, meet up with friends and enjoy a full night out!
     
Saturday
All Day:   Explore Vancouver! Go to a museum, see the gardens, and eat delicious sushi.
     

Clinical Rotations

Continuity Clinic  - Wednesday afternoons doing psychotherapy from September through June

July: UW Consult-Liaison service

August:  Harborview Consult-Liaison; UW night float (1 week)

September:  Harborview Psychiatric Emergency Services

October: UW Consult-Liaison; VA night float (3 weeks)

November:  Harborview Inpatient Psychiatry

December:  Harborview Inpatient Psychiatry

January: VA Consult-Liaison

February: Harborview Consult-Liaison

March:  VA Addictions Treatment Outpatient Clinic

April:  VA Addictions Treatment Outpatient Clinic

May:  UW Inpatient Psychiatry; 2 weeks of UW night float

June:  UW Inpatient Psychiatry

Average Weekly Hours

  • Approximately 55 hours per week

Night and Weekend Duty

6 weeks of night float throughout R2 year (5 nights on, 2 nights off)

Average of two 12-hour call shifts per month, some of which is home call

 

Resident Life
Stephanie Chang
First Year Resident
Seattle Track

Why UW Psychiatry?

"I fell in love with UW during my interview day and, even as intern year winds down, I continue to approach work each morning with a smile.  Our faculty members, including the division and service chiefs, are down-to-earth and extremely dedicated to resident education.  The curriculum offers incredible breadth and flexibility, via rotations spread across four diverse hospital sites.  Seattle itself is gorgeous, with water, mountains, and some of the most beautiful summers to be found anywhere.  Above all, I feel honored to work with talented co-residents, all of whom are passionate about caring for some of the most vulnerable patients in the WWAMI region."

Education

BA, Biology, Washington University in Saint Louis
MD, Saint Louis University

Follow Me For A Week

Sunday
Morning:   At the hospital by 6:30.  Round with team.
Afternoon:   Finish notes and check in on patients. Out by 3. Swing by Trader Joe’s to pick up snacks for the week.
Evening:   Attending treats our team to dinner at Trove, which includes amazing dessert parfaits!
     
Monday
Morning:   Round with team, place orders, call consults.
Afternoon:   Finish work. Take a break partway through and walk one of my patients to the candy store across the street—we both need the fresh air.
Evening:   Dinner, Scrubs, and relaxation.
     
Tuesday
Morning:   Day off!  Sleep in then drive to Bellevue with my co-intern for a hike at Cougar Mountain.
Afternoon:   Lunch at Facing East.  Braised pork over rice, mmm.
Evening:   Laundry, vacuum apartment.  Sleep early.
     
Wednesday
Morning:   Round, write notes, prepare for admits on our long call day.
Afternoon:   Med student and I admit a cirrhotic patient in need of a paracentesis, which I manage to do with guidance from our senior.
Evening:   Finish a late admission and leave hospital by 10.  Eat Ben and Jerry’s (courtesy of our attending) on the bus ride home.
     
Thursday
Morning:   Rounds per usual, then intern report with free pizza.  I present an interesting case of factitious disorder.
Afternoon:   Accept an ICU patient and write a transfer note. Didactics!
Evening:   Dinner, more Scrubs, Skype with friends.
     
Friday
Morning:   During sign-out, I learn that one of my very ill patients passed away overnight.  Though this is not unexpected, I’m still dazed.  He is the first patient whom I have lost as an intern.
Afternoon:   I call my patient’s family and give my condolences, then process with my attending.
Evening:   Swing by Molly Moon’s for ice cream and savor the mild spring evening.
     
Saturday
Morning:   Accept overnight admits.  Round with team.
Afternoon:   Out by 4.  Go for a jog around Green Lake.  Pick up a Caribbean sandwich from Paseo on my way home.
Evening:   Catch up with my family.
     

 

Clinical Rotations

13 - 4 week blocks:

Harborview Inpatient Psychiatry (4)
Harborview Psychiatry Consults (1)
University of Washington Inpatient Psychiatry (2)
Harborview Inpatient Medicine (2)
VA Inpatient Medicine (1)
VA Inpatient Neurology (1)
University of Washington Emergency Medicine (1)
Harborview Medicine Consults (1)

Career Goals

“I envision myself staying within academic medicine and becoming a clinician educator.  Specialty-wise, I am interested in general adult psychiatry, but have not ruled out the possibility of a fellowship!"

Average Weekly Hours

Inpatient Medicine: 70 to 80 hours per week
Emergency Medicine: ~60 hours per week
Neurology: ~60 hours per week
Inpatient Psychiatry: ~55 hours per week
Psychiatry Consults: ~50 hours per week
Medicine Consults: ~40 hours per week

Night and Weekend Duty

Inpatient Psychiatry: 3 weeks of night float at Harborview, plus 4 to 5 weekend call shifts 
Inpatient Medicine: 4 random days off during the month
Emergency Medicine: 8 random days off during the month
Neurology: One weekend day off per week
Medicine Consults: All weekends off


Resident Life
Nicole Fox
Fourth Year Resident
Idaho Track

Why UW Psychiatry?

University of Washington was the only program I encountered that offered the unique opportunity to train in both a top academic setting and a community setting. I spent my first two years at UW in Seattle. Having attended graduate school and medical school in Seattle, I knew I loved the city, with its awesome skyline, creative restaurants and access to the great outdoors. I also knew that I wanted to continue working at Harborview, Seattle’s county hospital dedicated to serving patients most in need.  I am now completing my final two years in Boise, where I am gaining a rich, complementary experience in community psychiatry.

Education

Undergraduate: BA in theater from University of Georgia
Graduate: Masters of Public Administration from Seattle University
Medical school: University of Washington Medical School

Career Goals

I plan to stay in Boise. My interests are broad, but I'm drawn to patients with psychotic disorders. I hope to divide my time working in the community seeing a mix of acutely ill inpatients along with some integrated care outpatients. Given my background in policy, I'm particularly interested in social medicine, policy and distribution of resources.

Follow Me For A Week

Sunday
Morning:   Hang out with my kiddos who are 3 and 8, take the dog swimming at Lucky Peak and later float the Boise River.
     
Monday
Morning:   Wake up around 6:30, get the gang up and dressed, head in to Boise State University for my morning student clinic.
Afternoon:   I head to St. Luke’s Hospital to see inpatient consults.
Evening:   Dinner at home.
     
Tuesday
Morning:   Elective. Currently I'm on the inpatient unit at the VA, but I will be rotating at the prison, OB clinic and refugee/ HIV clinic.
Afternoon:   I'm the psychiatry "attending" at Family Medicine Residency of Idaho. I advise on cases in their outpatient clinic!
Evening:   Catch an early concert with friends at the Boise Botanical Gardens!
     
Wednesday
Morning:   All day outpatient clinic at the VA.
Afternoon:   All day outpatient clinic at the VA.
Evening:   Happy Hour at Barbacoa! Yum. After the kiddos go to bed, catch up on "Orange is the New Black.".
Thursday
Morning:   T-group with my co-residents, followed by didactics. Catch up on any last minute issues from yesterday's clinic.
Afternoon:   Lunch from Flatbread or Mai-Thai compliments of the residency! Then psychotherapy supervision discussing cases, life in general and how the two intersect.
Evening:   Watch a spectacular lightning storm from my deck and wonder how I lived for so many years without seeing miles of sky overhead!
     
Friday
Morning:   Elective again!
Afternoon:   Outpatient consults at the Family Medicine Residency clinic where I see patients with a wide range of diagnoses from culturally diverse backgrounds.
Evening:   Dinner out with the family, followed by a trip to the candy shop then swimming in the neighborhood pool.
     
Saturday
Morning:   The dog wakes me up too early.  We head to the downtown Saturday farmers market, followed by a trip to Camel's Back Park.
Evening:   Date night! Once the kiddos are tucked in with a sitter, we head out for dinner downtown followed by live music at The Knitting Factory. What a great week!
     

Clinical Rotations

BSU

St. Luke’s Consults

Inpatient elective at VA

Attending room at FMRI

Outpatient clinic at the VA

Consultation in the Obstetrics Clinic, HIV clinic and Prison

FMRI outpatient clinic


Average Weekly Hours

40-45 hours

Night and Weekend Duty

No night, no weekend calls in Boise!


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